Hey guys, its been a while since i worked on a 350z hehe, but just did one for local member and long time friend Anotheraznguy's 05 TT show car
here is a direct copy and paste from my post on diymobileaudio.com
Its hard to believe but once up on a time, 350zs and G35s made up about 80 percent of my customers base
After while of what seems to be the same install over and over again with slight variations, i decided to stop marketing myself and gradually, less and less Zs and Gs came in and i moved onto other models.
But it was nice to get back into a car that i can almost take apart blindfolded after about a year and a half hiatus...(ironically my next project is another 350z lol)
This one is also somewhat unique and a shift from my usual focus, it is a pretty dedicated show car belonging to a long time friend. A 2005 350z that has seen several iterations over the years...but had been twin turbo charged since about 5 years ago. This time when i saw it, it sported a air ride system, a brand new color changing paint scheme and other goodies.
The goals for this build therefor is quite different than my norm:
1. To create a system for extra points during show judging, as the car had a lot done but no audio system
2. to retain all the components of the air ride system in their current positions into the design as they are already set by the hose routing etc.
3. still keep it clean simple and classy as i dont like to do wild painted volcano sub enclosures
also cant go too crazy as it is on a relatively modest budget
so SQ is not the goal here, though due to the speakers i used, i have to say this car sounds pretty decent
So lets take a look at the car...these are actually NOT the wheels the car currently runs on, but umm...cheaper ones he drove down to me on (if you can call AMEs cheap by any stretch of the imagination lol)
here is the car dropped fully...talk about ON THE GROUND
the colors change really shows under the sun...oh well...
The signal starts with a pioneer Avic-F900 navigation headunit that has been in the car since the age of the dinosaurs lol, lovely screen background to see everytime i started the car though:
for his front stage, the goal was to have the speaker visible yet not hinder driving, so i molded a set of door pods to show case the speaker. they are wrapped in one piece black street suede/alcantara, which is a bit of a pain if you worked with it
if you look around the speakers, you will see a trim done in CF vinyl, a theme that carries over to the trunk. the black suede is identical to the material on his headliner and other parts of his interior soon to be upholstered.
and the passenger side:
and a quick shot of the interior:
in case you are wondering, the speakers are the Illusion Audio Luccent L6CX point source set...its a high end set with a full bi-amp capable passive xover. I chose this set for its sound and to show case it all in one location without a separate tweeter:
a few quick build pics of the pods:
first molds were taken off the locations:
once cured, they were pulled off and trimmed to the desired shape:
the ring baffles were aimed and attached:
mold cloth pulled and resin applied...once it cured, excess cloth was trimmed:
next the pods were reinforced from the inside heavily with a mixture of duraglass and resin to make them very solid and the exterior rough sanded:
next, filler was applied and the two pods sanded smooth:
the inside received a layer of STP gold damper to reduce resonance:
next, the pods were wrapped in black street suede, and the trim rings were done in black CF vinyl:
the two were then mated with staples to form the final pod:
and then they were secured to the door:
next are four quick wiring shots of the bundles, just to show that even though this is not a focused sq install, the bundles are still neatly ziptied every few inches as they run throughout the car
so moving onto the trunk...as it turns out, this was one of the tougher 350z builds i have had to do...the air tank and pumps were okay, as they took up the front portion of the hatch...but the main control box and the plethora of air lines was in the spare tire well itself, taking up valueable room. with the limited budget, i also could do anything too crazy, so here is what i came up with
a new fake floor was built in the back and wrapped in black alcantara, in the center is an Illusion Audio Luccent L10 10" subwoofer, flanked by a pair of Mosconi Gladen M-line amps, a 4 channel powers the front stage bi-amped with 75 watts x 4, and a M600 mono amp runs the sub. I chose these amps becuase their unique brushed aluminum/titanium tile look works well to contrast against the black suede and cf vinyl.
there is a blank CF vinyl trimmed panel at the front for him to add sponsor logos, emblems, pics of naked chicks...whatever he fancies :P
the air tank and pump are are their old locations but on a new board trimmed the same way, and i cleaned up his hoses and wiring a lil:
a closer look at his tanks and pumps:
and a shot from the above:
for some additional visual pop, flip a switch and edge lit plexiglass borders around the sub and amps glow white
Unfortunately, even though i ordered the same color LED strips, one of them somehow was more blue tinted than the others. this will be addressed very shortly with a replacement strip, but hopefully you can get the idea now:
here is what they look like in a darkened garage, again i apologize for the blue tint on one of the strips
Even though its simple, here is what it looked like when i got the car, with the center floor removed...so i had to quite a bit of um...wiring organization to get it to all fit, but the control box presented the biggest obstacle, and cannot be moved due to where the hoses go under the car. the rear battery i removed becuase with his new alternator pulley and upgraded front battery, it was no longer needed: